The last decade has seen a shift in awareness of the importance of leisure time activities in the development of a young person. There is growing recognition of the vital contribution that discretionary time can make for young people in terms of promoting social inclusion, access to opportunities and overall development. Terms such as “leisure”, “informal learning” and “play” imply a casualness of purpose and practice that does not do justice to the way in which a majority of young people use their free time. Young people’s leisure time and volunteer activities relate directly to many of the issues affecting them, such as education and employment. They are increasingly seeking and finding new ways to spend their free time, out of both necessity and interest.